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    Mar 07, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would absolutely recommend taking Creative Writing with Professor Bordt. He was very laid-back, which led to open discussions and a calm air in the room that helped us find our creative potential. He never deducted points for going above and beyond - even if the project guidelines called for 5-6 pages, and I wrote 20 pages for my final (not that I did that, of course, why would I do that?) he wouldn't chide me or deduct my grade just because I didn't follow the instructions. He always encouraged us to take risks and go outside of our comfort zones to become better writers.

    Course highlights:

    Throughout the course, we studied different forms of creative writing such as poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. I had never really done non-fiction work aside from essays, but in this course we were given a prompt to write about a defining moment in our life. I wrote about the moment my mom told me that my dad had passed away - it was an incredibly tough assignment for me because of the content. I really had to bring myself back to that day and pull out the details from my memory. I learned a lot about myself through this assignment and, through all of it, I ended up with a better understanding and acceptance of my father's passing.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Don't overthink it - this is creative writing. Just let the words flow. You can always go back and edit your drafts. I found it beneficial just to write everything out and get all of the words onto paper before really hunkering down and editing.

    • Spring 2015
    • Bordt
    • Lots of Writing Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Jan 26, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course to anyone who enjoys writing. That's right, just ENJOYS it. Being a wiz with words isn't necessary, because the class actually helps you hone your skills and learn to be a better writer. It's fun, and you are only ever trying to outwrite yourself. What's nice is that you don't NEED a good first draft. In fact, it's preferred that your first draft is kinda shaky. Cam teaches you how to revise and polish anything you produce.

    Course highlights:

    Throughout the course, you do selections in fiction writing, poetry writing, and nonfiction writing. It's nice to get an overview of all three types; though they all use the same basic concepts, there are techniques that work better, for example, in poetry than in nonfiction. I learned to revise, revise, revise. The feedback I got from Cam (and my classmates) was priceless, and helped propel my writing to where it is today.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    You MUST enjoy writing. It is, in fact, a writing course! Don't think you can get away with minimal effort. It is an easy class if you're willing to get your hands dirty (with ink, or graphite, however you prefer). Just write. Not everything you produce will be perfect; that's kind of the point! You're learning how to trim and plump it in just the right places for it to be a masterpiece.

    • Spring 2015
    • Cameron Terwilliger
    • Lots of Writing Many Small Assignments A Few Big Assignments

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